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Little Joe

The traditional Tex-Mex style of norteño was fused by Little Joe (born Jose Maria DeLeon Hernandez) with influences of country music, blues, and rock to create the uptempo hybrid known as tejano. Together with his band, Y la Familia Borrachera, Little Joe has enabled his music to reach far beyond the Texas and Mexico borders. In 1992, their album Diez y Seis de Septiembre received a Grammy Award as Best Mexican American Performance.

The seventh of 13 children, Little Joe began playing music in 1953 with his cousin David Coronado's band, David Coronado & the Latinaires. Two years later, he performed his first paid gig with the band at a high-school sock hop in Cameron, Texas. In 1958, Little Joe made his recording debut with the song "Safari," released by Torrero Records in Corpus Christi, Texas. The following year, Little Joe's brother Jesse joined the band on bass and vocals. When Coronado left shortly afterwards, Little Joe assumed leadership of the group. Throughout the early '60s, Little Joe led the band through a series of recordings on small independent labels. He underwent a personal transformation after Jesse died in an automobile accident in 1964. Determined to achieve commercial success, he altered his musical approach to include more rock and blues influences.

In 1968, Little Joe formed two labels of his own: Buena Suerte for recordings in Spanish, and Good Luck for recordings in English. He later added a third label, Leona Records. His musical approach shifted again in 1970. After performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, he became enchanted by "Latinismo" and changed the name of his band again. In 1985, Little Joe y la Familia signed their first major-label recording deal with WEA International. Two years later, Little Joe formed his fourth label -- Redneck -- and released the double live album 25th Silver Anniversary. After releasing two albums for WEA, Little Joe switched to Sony International, where he remained until 1983, when he launched his fifth label, Tejano Discos. His first release on the label, "Que Paso," earned him his third Grammy nomination. In 1996, Little Joe performed on the Frankie Yankovic album Songs of the Polka King, Vol.1, singing a duet with Yankovic of "Just Because/Si Porque." Little Joe has appeared in two films: Proposition 187, a Deadly Law and Down for the Barrio. ~ Craig Harris
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Love it.Did I mention that it's the best!
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Puro tejano
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Little Joe is a wonderful example of an artist that forgets about those who have helped and supported him through all his personal life struggles and never openly talked about his addictions to drugs or other issues he has had ....Good Job little JOE !!!!!!!!!
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Los unicos
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Perfect any day listening music. Makes your sad day a happy dancing day with Little Joe y la Familia
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My sister loves this band and don't blame her they're great. Love you sis
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Geeag
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Little Joe is and will always be the king of the brown soul. Dflores5545
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flowe0104
Little Joe u will always rock I my life.
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Love Our music
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Little Joe puro recuerdos- Familia Sierra de Douglas, Arizona y Sacramento, California
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best music ever
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Love these old music.
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Best dance music
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Corpus Christian, tx
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I like it
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Horale
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THIS IS WHAT U CALL TEX MEX MUSIC MEXICAN BROWN MUSIC BY THE ONE AND ONLY JOSE MARIA DE LEON ALIAS LITTLE JOE
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I love text music since I started playing it in 65 little Joe is the with Freddy Martinez, Augustin Rameriz,
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Viet nam vet Calif love Tex Mex music meet a girl from c city tex
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Love this song calif
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Love this TexMex music ,OldSchool from way back 60's Don't get any better than that
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I grew up with the music in the 70s and I've loved it since
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lashy602
ARRIBA LOS LATINOS COMPA JA Y MIS PAISAS;-) LOVE MY CUPCAKES CALI
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folks a tex -mex icon for sure, im not from texas but very proud of his accomplishme n t s , que viva Texas !!!
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The best song ever...my brother Mike like this song too....from San Antonio Texas....
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I keep telling people he is the best,, the was, is or ever be The King of The Brown Sound...
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santosj526
your music, will, out lived any other music, we will, always, lived this music
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U r num one little Joe love your songs God bless u always u r the best
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garza5088
Love his music!❤️
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Tolleson old school jam vtc
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The king of chicano! Love his music!
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Lupescaballe r o this party music
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this man knows tex mex
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rosaeg49
Best mentor Dr lo mejor
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Love his music
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Got hook to Tex
Mex back in the early 70 in Wisconsin meet a girl from crystal city love you
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Party time
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THE thebest
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Marina Salgado

Green Eyes-
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That's what it's all abot
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BIG RICK S.P. SAN ANTO,TEJAS (SPURS) ORALE Little joe ~SUNNY OZUNA ...
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lam_5225
Little Joe y Familia lo mejor de los mejores
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Shina los stacies carnal todoa
Los de la panhandle old melonero memories puro valle pachuco l o
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I really love your music when we were growing up my dad and mom always listen to you so did we we are from the valley Harlingen texas know we live in Michigan I always her Pandora that's all I play your music my dad just past away it's hard because he always listen to good luck and many more success God bless you many more years form Bronson Michigan
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Ahh LIttle joe... I remember way back in the late 70's and 80's when they would come out her to Califas and play in Guadalupe and Santa Maria Recuerdos de mi Vida
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Handsome, dude, you, one of a kind, love your music,
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sguevara24
I hear lil Joe way back in home town Laredo I just hang con a bunch eses from the hood I love those days pura raza
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.im 66 n danced to his music back in area round Taft tx.Viva 4ever Alma Cuevas
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gezami41
Have known Lil Joe since "60's awesome then and now.
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danny.tercer o
A lot of great Tejano Artists, but Little Joe is the best.
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